River Lions blown away by the enormity of Niagara Parks Power Station

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Published November 15, 2021 at 4:22 pm

A handful of Niagara River Lions splashed up for a special tour at the Niagara Parks Power Station late last week and came away slack-jawed at the enormity of the new entertainment draw.

Head Coach Victor Raso, guard Jaylen-Babb Harrison and guard Jake Babic got a personal tour, who saw their Canadian Elite Basketball League team made the finals for the first time ever this past season, were both overwhelmed over the size of the project and enthusiastic over the entertainment factor of the station’s many interactive bells-and-whistles.

Whether the coach and players, who compete out of St. Catharines’ Meridian Arena, are aware of it, a river lion is a mythical creature that is featured on the Niagara Region’s Coat of Arms, representing pride and strength of community – qualities the teams tries to emulate.

Hamilton native Raso became the River Lions head coach and general manager in 2019, once winning Coach of the year and this year taking the team to the championship before getting beat by Edmonton.

“You can feel the history of how this plant and others powered the area for years,” he marvelled.

Ajax native Harrison, who joined the team after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University this season, was pumped by the private showing. “The whole building is fascinating to me. I just want to learn more.”

Oakville’s Babic, who came to the team from the Appalachian State University and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, noted, “I’ve been to the falls a hundred times and every time I’ve there, I’m blown away by the power of the water.”

Here’s a look at what the trio saw.

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